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Address: 1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
Phone Number: +1 843-743-4865
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864...

The Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine in 1864 with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After making world history, she mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, she was finally found in 1995 and then raised from the ocean floor in 2000. Since then, scientists have been at work to conserve the legendary submarine and solve the mystery of her disappearance. Tours of the Hunley include viewing the Hunley in her 75,000 conservation tank, facial reconstructions of the crew, and interactive exhibits that tell the submarine's fascinating tale throughout the centuries.

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good if interested in history

Very good if interested in history and the civil war. Other things in in Charleston are civil war related and tours are beneficial to be informed as to where you might want to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Palm Bay, Florida
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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good if interested in history and the civil war. Other things in in Charleston are civil war related and tours are beneficial to be informed as to where you might want to return alone for more and deeper exploration.

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Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was so anxious to finally see the Hunley- it was amazing. The story is filled with twists and turns. An incredible historical artifact that is being carefully restored for future generations. Our tour guide Paul was a wealth of knowledge. We didn't rent a car and easily took Uber from our hotel.

1 Thank Siobhan L
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The entire tour took place in a large room that was roped off in sections. There was nothing to see besides the actual submarine which was submerged in murky water and behind thick glass. We could hardly see it at all. Basically we stood in the same place for 45 minutes and listened to the guide talk.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had wanted to visit this exhibit for some time and when our family was visiting and had an interest in seeing it, we were ready to go! The volunteers were very knowledgeable and all were super friendly. They offer a senior discount which some of our group took advantage of. It is a bit pricey for how limited your... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a little hard to find, but well worth it. My wife went to a national conference in North Charleston that started on a Sunday. Tours of the Hunley are weekend only because this is a working lab. This was one of my must-see things to do, so I decided to go on my own. The bus system, CARTA, is... More 

1 Thank mikecarp
Leland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you are not a history buff - this is well worth the visit. The location is a bit off the beaten path - so make sure you have good directions but once there, it is fascinating to see the restoration work. The volunteers do a wonderful job of explaining everything and answering questions. It will be fun to... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were there with a Navy reunion of a friend. The tour was amazing, they went into such detail. I can't wait to see this old sub when she is fully refubished.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Like some others noted, we made & timed our trip to be able to see the Hunley & the exhibits. We were not at all disappointed. Great set up, Super guide who very knowledgeable. Hope at some point we will be able to see the results of all the work "outside" of the tank.

1 Thank CD W
Fayetteville, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was fascinating , information galore,. It is behind glass and in a clear tank. But it's wonderful that they found it and keeping it so it can be enjoyed by all. What a treasure. We had a great time

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Jonestown, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We toured with our Navy Nuke son who will be going on a submarine in the near future. The museum is very informative and very well laid out! Our tour guide of the actual area of where the Hunley is kept was very, very good! His knowledge of the history of the Hunley was great! To actually see a civil... More 

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